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'Kunga' a winner by TKO in the 10th

By JOHN C. COTEY

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 25, 2001


TAMPA -- Glenn "Kunga" Kelly won his rematch with Billy Lewis Saturday, pounding the Pensacola fighter and close friend of headliner Roy Jones Jr., and finally scoring a TKO in the 10th and final round of their light heavyweight fight. Kelly, the Australian champ rated No. 1 by the IBF, also beat Lewis in September by TKO. Saturday night, though, it took three more rounds because of some dubious patience by the referee.

From the fourth round on, Kelly (26-0-1, 14 knockouts) pounded Lewis, nicknamed "The Kid" even at 37, with everything he had.

Lewis struggled to hang on and staggered back to his corner on more than one occasion.

Lewis' corner finally intervened and got the fight stopped. OLD AND OLDER: Lewis was the oldest fighter on the nine-bout card, but not by much. "King" Arthur Williams, another Pensacola fighter, is 36.

But Williams fared much better, rallying to win his 10-round cruiserweight fight with Gary Wilcox by split decision. The judges scored it 95-94, 94-95, 95-94.

SWING LOW: The first two fights went the distance, and the card started late, so the four "swing" fights had to wait.

Because Antonio Tarver won by fifth-round knockout, organizers could squeeze in Vince Harris' split decision win over Salvador Jasson before the Derrick Gainer-Victor Polo championship fight.

But 2000 Olympian Dante Craig's fight, as well as two others, took place after the main event.

BIG HITTERS: Rays coach Wade Boggs sat ringside in the second row with former Yankee Don Mattingly. The former teammates sat behind Jack Kemp and former Secretary of Education William Bennett.

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